First Glimpse of Winter


“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”  ~ Candace Bushnell



Oh, that first snow… still brings such glee.  It usually comes in the night when there has been rain, and the night air is chilling off.  I wake to a darkness in the garden made brighter by a coating of white.  It clings to everything, obscuring the landscape and creating the garden anew.

And this was our first snowfall.  November 23rd.  Not even an inch.  By now we average a foot of snow at least, but there has been nary a flake in the air.  We even had temps near 60 this past weekend.  Mostly 40s and a few 50s for December.  But really I am not complaining, because the dry spell we were having came to an end with flooding rains in December.

When I thought about doing this post a month ago, I figured I would have many views of snow in the garden to share.  Even though we have only had this one light snowfall in November, it is still a lovely first glimpse of snow and winter.  I hope you enjoy it….





The sun rose soft and pink the morning of our first snowfall.  And there was a thin film of ice covering the pond for the first time.  I love how each blade of grass is weighed down.





The snow attached itself to the moss growing between the bricks of the patio giving it a unique and fluffy look.





Just a whisper of fluff was still clinging to some surfaces as the sun rose higher.





And on dried flowers, the snow gave them a new shimmer.





On other surfaces, it seemed more had piled up!





Here’s a close up of another birdhouse…this one in the snowy meadow.





One of my favorite views is when the meadow is ladened with snow.





And as I looked toward the back garden, I could see even the tall grasses glimmering with a dusting of white.





In the front garden, the soft snowfall made this red barberry festive for the upcoming holiday.





As the sun rose higher that morning, the garden burst into that winter glare, where all is white and bright….no longer only brown.  It all melted soon after, but I will keep hoping for a bit more snow in December.  After all it will officially be winter next week.



So there you have our only glimpse of winter so far… has winter or your current season been treating you? 




Join In The Seasonal Celebration:

As I feel winter’s call, I am celebrating this new season coming soon, I hope you will join me. I welcome those Down Under who will be celebrating the coming of summer to join in too.  

All you have to do is write a post between now and December 20th telling me how you are or will be celebrating the new season.  Then leave a comment on the kick-off post with your link so I can include your link in my summary post on December 21st.  

I do hope you will consider joining in the Seasonal Celebrations meme as we celebrate the new season arriving soon to your corner of the world.

And as always, I will be collaborating with Beth@Plant Postings and her Lessons Learned meme at this same time.  What lessons have you learned this past season of autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  Write a separate post or combine your Lessons with your Celebrations for one post.

If you missed my interview of Beth, on my other blog, pop on over….I had a delightful time visiting with Beth.



In A Vase On Monday 




I created this display to close out the autumn season.  Not really a vase, but a basket of harvest from the garden.




harvest vase

The harvest basket was filled with dried Miscanthus grass from the garden, and miniature pumpkins and Delicata squash grown in our garden.  It will grace the table until I put together a holiday basket.



I am joining in with a few memes this week as I prepared this vase you see here:  Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful meme, In a Vase on Monday, and Judith@Lavender Cottage who hosts Mosaic Monday.  Please check out these wonderful blogs and link ups.



Next up on the blog:  

On Monday, I will have the wrap up from Seasonal Celebrations for winter.  I hope you will join me by writing a post and linking in before next Monday.

I will be linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme.  It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Monday.



I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.

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